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Marco Esquandolas
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Well...I did the unthinkable—bought a Xilica XP4080...it will be connected between the preamp and the power amps/subs...converts everything to 24bit/96k digital for DSP...balls out pro signal correction.

A couple of the audio nerds here in NOLA use it and swear by it. It isn’t plug and play however...it will take a couple months of playing around to get it right—this thing goes deep.

I will have my first PC running REW software (free!) with a Mini-DSP mic connected to the system for test frequencies and a shite ton of spectrum graphs, and then my second PC connected to the Xilica to make the adjustments in that unit.

It isn’t a really expensive unit, considering what it does (around $1200), but the learning curve is huge.

I am going to begin tackling this over thanksgiving.




PhilipMarlowe
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All of that is completely out of my depth , but sounds like a fun project.

Keep us updated.


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BigOrangeBri
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This is played every time Bama scores, so I’ve heard it like 800 times already this year...but since it’s a bye week, I was kinda missing it....


You guys feel free to go to TIDAL and download it for an even more enjoyable Saturday!!



Does it play that song that bama plays that was written by a Tennessean and romanticizes a Saturday night in Tennessee?

I kid, I kid.


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QUESTION: I broke the stylus to my Grado Prestige Blue2 cartridge over the weekend. Is it possible to replace just the stylus without having to buy a whole new cart? If so, what stylus should I get?


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I don't own any Grado carts, but it looks like you can buy a replacement stylus that you can slide in yourself. I looked it up on Needle Doctor, but you should be able to find them on most music sites. I had to replace a stylus on my Rega cart and used a service that replaced the stylus for me because it wasn't plug and play.


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Count me in this thread! I got the phono amp for the vintage Pioneer turntable today and plugged it in. It works, so I go upstairs to grab the two boxes of albums I have been carrying around since the seventies. (since the advent of the 8 track & cassette!)

Like opening up a box of my teenage dreams.

Some are warped, many are scratchy but some of these could not be bought if you tried Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin Rod Stewart, Stones, James Gang...hell I have the original Woodstock on vinyl. What a great day.


Marco Esquandolas
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Just saw this—from AudioGon...and from Baton Rouge...a good deal on a great phono stage...

Lehman Decade Phono Stage


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Marco Esquandolas
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Crow Pie



Welcome aboard.


Marco Esquandolas
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Brothers and Sisters



Aahhh...CD memory lane...a bit of history...



The first Allmans CD I bought back in 1985 was Brothers and Sisters...by the end of 1986 I had just about all of them on CD, as well as Greg solos, Duane Anthologies, Dickie Betts side stuff...became an Allmans junkie.

When I started buying CDs, there was just a small bin in Warehouse Records & Tapes on Vets in Metry, but they had some great classic rock and a good bit of classical.

My first 2 CDs I bought in 1983 were The Fixx—“Reach the Beach” and a John Williams soundtrack compilation/sampler called “Star Tracks” which had selections from Star Wars, Star Trek, and Close Encounters.

I cut grass all summer, and with a bit of help from my dad (an audio/gadget guy as well), I bought the first commercially available CD player...


the Sony CDP-101...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/IACC8F2.jpg


Then moved to a Sony CDP-C30 (carousel)...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/MQoFGSy.jpg


Then a Sony CDP-X7ESD...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/7wO4yWV.jpg


Then an Adcom GCD-575...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/XrSapDp.jpg


Then a Sony XA7ES...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/qXX8wBz.jpg


Then a Sony SCD-777ES (SACD)...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/9B3ympc.jpg


Then a Simaudio Supernova...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/Doi3isQ.jpg


...and now a McIntosh MCT-450 transport (SACD)...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/Xgklg7u.jpg




The Sony “ES” players in the “X” and “XA” series were at the top of the chain for Sony (the “7”, “77”, and “777”), and were Reference level players from around 1987 to 2003.

The “5” series “X” (“5”, “55” and “555”) were the middle of the ES line.

The “3” series “X” were the entry point to the “ES” CD players—and the “3” series were by no means slouches—they were still better than most commercially available players.


The best overall, IMO, is the Simaudio Supernova (redbook CD only, but has a line in to use its DAC), followed by the Sony SCD-777ES (SACD player)...both over 40 lbs. of craftsmanship and high end parts.


The beauty of the Sony “ES” CD players is that they were not only built like tanks with great drives/transports, but most also had digital outputs (the Japs future proofed them)...so as chipsets evolved over the years, you could still use these players as transports only, by using its digital coax “out” from the player to a modern-day DAC...this is why these 20-30 year old units still command a high price used...they were that good!








Marco Esquandolas
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More classic digital eye candy from Sony...the R line...

Back in the late ‘80’s, Sony really owned the digital high end world. Their technology was second to none, and if you had the means to afford the best, they made it possible with the introduction of the “R” Series in 1987.

The first digital separates, consisting of a separate transport and DAC, was the CDP-R1a transport and the DAS-R1a DAC. They were massive, heavy, and had specs that wouldn’t reach the “ES” line for a few years.

...and they were expensive...the combo was $8000 in 1987!...production numbers are estimated at around 1500 each worldwide.

The Sony CDP-R1a transport...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/bGQ0msI.jpg



...and the DAS-R1a DAC...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/8n79jEw.jpg



And if that wasn’t high end enough, in 1992 Sony decided to update these with the new CDP-R10 transport and the DAS-R10 DAC—and that combo would set you back almost $27,000 in 1992!! They are stunningly beautiful, and were produced in extremely low numbers—less than 250 worldwide. They are just about unobtanium on the used market today.

The Sony CDP-R10 transport...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/op2fUZQ.jpg



...and the DAS-R10 DAC...

Image: https://i.imgur.com/Nqts86m.jpg



Sony also made matching reference “R” Series power amplifiers (TA-NR1 and the TA-NR10) and a pre-amplifier (TA-ER1) for which to feed this ultra signal through...and they too were insanely expensive and produced in very low numbers.

The TA-NR1 mono, Class A 100wpc power amp...($12,000/pr. in 1987)

Image: https://i.imgur.com/21uAw9e.jpg


The TA-NR10 mono, Class A 100wpc power amp...($27,000/pr. in 1992)

Image: https://i.imgur.com/Rq6zfSC.jpg


The TA-ER1 pre-amp...($13,500 in 1987)

Image: https://i.imgur.com/t46RICP.jpg








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Got my effin turntable fixed!! Been out of commission for a year and a half!


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El Mattadorr
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I don't own any Grado carts, but it looks like you can buy a replacement stylus that you can slide in yourself. I looked it up on Needle Doctor, but you should be able to find them on most music sites. I had to replace a stylus on my Rega cart and used a service that replaced the stylus for me because it wasn't plug and play.

I did find the proper replacement stylus for the Grado, but it was like $80.00--nearly as much as a new cartridge. I went ahead and bought the Ortofon OM Pro S. Don't know much about it, but it has good reviews on Amazon. It comes pre-mounted on a new headshell. Ortofon OM Pro S


JumpingTheShark
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Just put a new Grado on my u turn and I live the way it sounds. Started off listening to Mark Knopfler’s album “Tracker.”


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Crow Pie
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Welcome aboard.
My daughter came out to my "studio" (I am in process of reclaiming the shop in my garage as the "music studio") and was she was amazed how music could come out of a spinning turntable.. it's magic!! She also loved the concept of listening to sides of an album while reading the album covers, checking out the artwork and notes on the sleeves.

Oh and who is this band called... YES!!


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Marco Esquandolas
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I went ahead and bought the Ortofon OM Pro S. Don't know much about it, but it has good reviews on Amazon.



Not a good choice there—at all. That is a low end DJ designed cart with a thick cantilever, and very high compliance designed for back-cueing and scratching...it also has a spherical diamond stylus—you really need an elliptical, or something in the elliptical family.

Also, that cart has a VTF, vertical tracking force of 4.0g!!!...Holy schneikies!!...that’s a good way to wear out a groove.

And it has a REALLY high output—5mV—designed to go directly into a mixer for DJ use. For reference, a line level output (CD, etc.) is around 4mV




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...reviews on Amazon...



Remember—90% of the world, and the U.S., is ravishingly stupid and uneducated...and Amazon and Facebook seem to be where they convene to share their ponderings.




FWIW



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Marco Esquandolas
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re: Audiophile/Vinyl Thread - Post Pics, Advice, Questions, Setups, etc.
ElMatadorr,

Get the Grado replacement stylus and return the OM S if you can.




El Mattadorr
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ElMatadorr, Get the Grado replacement stylus and return the OM S if you can.

Will do. Thanks for the info. That's why I posted. The OM S comes in today, so I'll return it.

Edit: I was mistaken. I'm only able to find the replacement stylus for the Grado Prestige Blue1; the Blue1 is inferior to the Blue2 that I have. Can you recommend a replacement cartridge in the $100-150 range? Or, hell, something better than the Grado Prestige Blue2 that I have (and broke)?

Edit #2: The package was literally on the delivery truck, on its way to my house, and Amazon was able to cancel the order return the package. What an amazing company.
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Marco Esquandolas
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Give me a day to refresh my memory on the Grado line...I’ll respond with a few suggestions.

What is upper budget limit?


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uuuhhhh huh huh

Audio in general isn’t practical. It’s a hobby. Upgrading every 6 months is part of the fun.
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